Housekeeping – A Novel

This week in my American Literature module, we are studying and reading Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson. The story is an interesting one about mainly women and family and their journeys after suffering some sort of loss. The novel juxtaposes the idea of keeping a house clean with the idea of spiritual keeping in a house. The theme of abandonment is used throughout the novel, with the women suffering different losses.

It reminds me of a book I studied in Belgium titled If I Told You Once by Judy Budnitz. They are similar in several different ways, but the abandonment by the male species is abundant throughout. The women suffer loss but gather courage and strength again and again as time heals their wounds.

I learnt that although the novels are set in different era’s, it is positive to see the strength that women display through characters such as these written by strong independent authors. It is important that we keep writing and reading novels such as these to portray a good role model outlook for the young women of today. They suffer greatly in the novels but manage to gain courage again and become strong, independent women.

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